Rihanna Goes From Couture To Casual At BRIT Awards

Rihanna on the 2012 BRIT Awards red carpet.
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Though it’s technically Tuesday, we’d consider Rihanna’s big night at the 2012 BRIT Awards to be the perfect exclamation point ending to her super eventful birthday weekend. The beauty from Barbados won big tonight, taking home the coveted International Female Solo Artist award and bringing down the house with an inspired performance of her earwormy hit “We Found Love.” On the sartorial side of things (isn’t that what we’re all really waiting to see at these awards shows??), Ri transformed her look completely from red carpet to stage, gliding seamlessly from eveningwear to street staples.

Robyn stunned on the event’s step and repeat in this crystal embellished bronze Givenchy Couture gown. Her newly blonde locks were pulled up into a regal updo to showcase the dress’s elegant T-shaped back and not compete with the plunging neckline and metal ring detail. Also, the anti-fussy ’do helped freshen up the heavy effect of those chestnut leather gloves pulled up nearly to her armpits. A thigh-high slit revealed Rihanna’s footwear of choice: gown-matching Givenchy diamante peep-toes. Ri proved she’s no one-note lady, though, and from this sultry high-fashion look, she then moved to a more free-spirited performance outfit.

Rihanna performs at the 2012 BRIT Awards.
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Rihanna got in touch with her performance artist side for “We Found Love,” setting it all against the backdrop of three giant see-through cubes teeming with scantily clad dancers armed with buckets of neon paint. There was splattering, reckless limb flailing, and even a black light or two – a full-on raucous PAINT PARTY. Ri opted out of the chignon in favor of free-flying curls to complement her downtown chic stagewear: an oversized sweater with ripped details worn over teeny tiny white cut-offs, fishnet stockings, and classic Timbs. She manages to get through most of the song unscathed, but by the end of the performance and press room time, she’s decked in head-to-toe paint smatterings.

Thankfully, she was just wearing a wig (imagine the tonsorial NIGHTMARE that shower would have been if not) and her color-soaked togs were left out to dry. Half of us hopes she recycles the outfit for future street style sightings (*cue an amaaaaazing follow-up post*), but the other half wants to happen upon them in the middle of some routine eBay trolling. #wishfulthinking

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